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Applies to

Form Object

Report Object

Sets or returns the value of the On Deactivate box in the Properties window of a form or report. Read/write String.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


This property is helpful for programmatically changing the action Microsoft Office Access 2007 takes when an event is triggered. For example, between event calls you may want to change an expression's parameters, or switch from an event procedure to an expression or macro, depending on the circumstances under which the event was triggered.

The Deactivate event occurs when the form or report loses the focus to a Table, Query, Form, Report, Macro, or Module window, or to the Navigation pane.

The OnDeactivate value will be one of the following, depending on the selection chosen in the Choose Builder window (accessed by clicking the Build button next to the On Deactivate box in the form or report's property sheet):

  • If Expression Builder is chosen, the value will be "=expression", where expression is the expression from the Expression Builder window.

  • If Macro Builder is chosen, the value is the name of the macro.

  • If Code Builder is chosen, the value will be "[Event Procedure]".

If the On Deactivate box is blank, the property value is an empty string.


The following example associates the Deactivate event with the macro "Deactivate_Macro" for the "Order Entry" form.

Forms("Order Entry").OnDeactivate = "Deactivate_Macro"

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